FBI joins racial slur probe

| November 11, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now part of the investigation into a racial slur that was spray painted on the back of a sign at Divine Restoration Ministries in Mount Clemens on election day.

Special Agent Jeffrey Eberle, the acting supervisor of the FBI’s Macomb County office, told a crowd of about 100 people at a special meeting on racial equality held at the church on Thursday night that federal agents are working with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office to help track down the vandal, regardless of whether the slur was meant as a harmless prank or a vicious epithet.

“No matter if it was some knucklehead or something worse, we take it very seriously,” he said.

Someone used black spray paint to write the n-word followed by “babies” on the brick work of the church’s sign on Welts Street at Gallup on Tuesday. Thomas Barnes, an area resident who first spotted the graffiti, said he didn’t see the slur as he drove by the church on Tuesday morning, but did spot it when he drove back around 2 p.m.

“This was someone’s boldness in the middle of the day while people were outside raking up leaves,” said Barnes, attributing the slur to “some people’s ignorance.”



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